Kickstarter: Crowd Sourcing Project Funding

A few weeks ago, I was checking Stephen Fry’s Twitter feed and this tweet peaked my interest:

Fry is Offering Some Investment Advice

After I clicked on the link, I was directed to the “OpenVizsla” Open source USB Protocol Analyzer funding page on Kickstarter, The project aims to create a hardware USB signal reader which Stephen Fry invested in. And that was my first introduction to Kickstarter.

So What Is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is one of the largest funding platforms on the web; on any given day you will find a variety of creative, exciting and sometimes downright bizarre projects trying to get funding on the website. Practically anybody with an idea, yet cash stripped to implement it, can place take a chance and place his idea on the website.

So How Does Work?

Some of the Projects That Are Open For Funding

Signing up and posting an idea for funding is completely free of charge. To post a project, you have to agree to the website’s terms and services, and they are pretty articulate about what kind of projects they will allow on their website. Their guidelines explicitly refuse charity fund raising or start-up funding, and emphasize that the main goal for the funding is that it be a finite project rather than a business venture. They also reject funding for the sake of hiring others to implement your idea, for example hiring programmers to design your killer website.

Stephen Fry: Impressive Reflections on Social Media [videos]

The other day I stumbled upon an interesting video interview of Stephen Fry – the famous British actor, writer, comedian, author, television presenter and film director – talking about social media. In the interview, Stephen addressed several issues related to social media and its impact on us and on our social evolution as human beings. His view on things is quite interesting, which led to this article.

Social Qualities of the Web Generation

There is always this pre-judgment imposed on the current generation of youth and the impact of social media on our children in regards to their social development and the long times spent daily on the web. While some may focus on the negative aspects that comes with every new technology, Stephen Fry believes – and I agree with him – that our youth have much better qualities than they used to be in the 1920’s. He claims that “If you take an ordinary semi-educated 15 years old from the 1920’s and compare him to a semi-educated 15 years old now, you would find that the one now knows more, understands more, is more socially confident, more able, and more aware of the rest of the world.“.

To prove his points, Stephen points out his many online relationships with which some are very young. He talks about a 12 years old young girl who astonished him of her knowledge of literature, especially knowing Evlyn Waugh (a famous English writer), reading all his books and having intelligent views about his novels.

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